Saturday, June 18, 2011

Barnes & Noble Killed My Mojo

Believe it or not, in all my years of book adoring and buying, I had never once gone to Barnes & Noble.  True story.

Tonight I went out with my awesome friend Kimmel.  (Girl dates: A Mommy-must.)  She had recently won a giftcard in a Give-Away, so a trip to the bookstore was a no-brainer!  I was excited.  If you don't know, I grew up on a small island in Washington state.  The few bookstores there are all islander-owned, and most of the time I found my refuge in the local used book store.  Oh, the hours I spent there...

Living "off-island" sure opened up new book-buying experiences to this reading fanatic.  Now I am very thoroughly addicted to Powells (An Oregon-based new and used bookstore.  Amazing, heavenly place.)  Until today, I had never actually gone into B&N to book shop.

I set my price limit, loaded up on sushi, and in we went.

The sad thing?
Nothing grabbed me.  Nothing.  

Even the books that I have waiting in my TBR lists seemed dull and unreadable in the B&N light.  Not to mention the fact that B&N offers no where near the amount of books in-store that Powells is always jam-packed with.  It was sad!  I was sad!  By the end, Kimmel snagged two finds, and I walked out empty handed.

Yes, you read that right.
I did not buy a single book.
What gives?

My hubby says he blames it on the Starbucks crowd.  Kimmel says there must have been something in the air.  Me?  I don't know what I have to say.

Maybe it was the book Gods, telling me that I need to finish my massive TBR shelf that I have here at home before I buy even more papery goodies.  I don't like that message.  Not one bit.   Can you ever own too many books?  I think not.

I cannot remember the last time that I walked out of a bookstore without at least one book in hand.  I felt weird, unsettled.  It was strange, and I did not like it.  What's even worse?  Whatever it was has now followed me home.  I decided to peruse my TBR lists, maybe order a book, make up for this sadness of a book night.

And guess what.  Everything is still bleh.

Someone make this go away.  B&N, people out there might love you.  But I am forever holding a grudge against your Nation-wide awesomeness.  You put a shunt in my book buying craze.

You killed my book frenzy mojo.
I do not think I can forgive you, ever. * melodramatic sigh *


=> Here is my request for this evening of random posting:
I need books!  Titles people, awesome titles.

What am I looking for right now you ask?
I need a magic fix.  Fantasy.  Paranormal.  Retold fairy tales, greek mythology... get my drift?  Please, fill my comments with suggestions.
I need you!


Elizabeth Schubert said...

The Rangers Apprentice series is awesome. Like, ten books of pure awesomeness. Granted, they are more on the younger side of YA (Think mid-teens), but the story is fantastic and the writing is gripping. If you haven't already looked at them, I suggest you do! :D Oh, and if you find more awesome Fantasy books, give me a shout so I can check them out too ^^

Vince said...

His Majesty's Dragon... please tell me you've read this book. It's a crazy mix of revisionist Napoleonic war with dragons... it evens includes bits of procedural navy drama a la Horatio Hornblower. And some Pride & Prejudice angst regarding social standing. Oh and female officers in the Royal Air Force, ya gotta read it.

Andrew Leon said...

Personally, I think you should read mine. But, um, I'm probably biased. :)

Jenni Merritt said...

Elizabeth and Vince - I noted those books to look up!

Andrew - Hey, being biased isn't bad at all. Aren't we all ;)

Angela Ackerman said...

Crack the Code winners are up! :)

Angela @ The Bookshelf Muse

Christine Tyler said...

The Last Unicorn by Peter Beagle. It's! A simple, pleasant, well-written fantasy classic that may get you back your mojo.


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